Peaches & Creme – Bad & Good

By now most fiber afficionados have learned that Peaches & Creme cotton yarn is defunct – a North Carolina factory produced the last U.S.-made cotton yarn; they sold their equipment, inventory and trademarks to a Canadian firm in early 2011.

  • The bad: 81 workers lost their jobs as a result of the sale & move of the company. According to one insider, the company’s management failed to develop new markets for their product, and relied on the grace and favor of Wallyworld to buy their inventory each month.
  • The good: though the Canadian firm now owns the label (apparently the most valuable asset), much of the ‘old’ stock of Peaches & Creme was sold to discounter Dollar Tree, where, through the jungle telegraph of Ravelry and other fibermedia, a veritable frenzy of seeking and buying has been unleashed. Spacloths, washcloths and dishcloths dancing in their heads, fibernuts are descending upon unsuspecting Dollar Trees like a plague of locusts, cleaning out Peaches & Creme balls in a flash of creative stash-building.

    OK, I bought a few. Lovely ombre tones and some solids. But I’m not saying where in Dennisport MA, USA I found them. I just know I’m knocking out some rich spa cloths in travel size, for holiday gifts.

Road Trip! Bus from Cape Cod to Stitches East in Hartford, October 30, 2010

Stitches East Day Trip!

from the Cape to Hartford, Connecticut
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Come with a group of friends and enjoy an exciting day among fellow fiber lovers!

Our motor coach will depart from the Hyannis area at 7:30 AM on Saturday, October 30, 2010. We will stop near the Sagamore and Bourne bridges to pick up more passengers, then head to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations of Stitches East.

Our destination is the Stitches Market, with its constellation of fiber stars, authors and vendors offering everything from fleeces to roving to felting supplies and, of course, yarn. Free demonstrations are ongoing on the Market floor.

There are also some educational Market Sessions available on Saturday at additional cost: you can sign up at the Knitting Universe site.  We will be at the show in time for you to attend a Market Session at either 12:30 or 2:00 PM.  Our motor coach will depart for the return trip to the Cape at 5:00 PM.

Trip cost is $54,  including transportation via motor coach, and a discount ticket to the Stitches Market.  Optional Market Sessions are additional; register and pay for these sessions at the Knitting Universe site.

Click here to Register for this delightful day out!

Space is limited, so book now!  Registration will close on Friday, October 15, 2010.

  • You may pay by mailing a check for $54.00 as noted on the Registration page: make your check payable to FastNet Travel, and mail to: P.O. Box 326, West Dennis, MA  02670, Attention: Kathleen Lyons.  Please include an email address so we can send you an acknowlegment of receipt of your payment.
  • If you’re paying via PayPal or the EventBrite system, a small additional processing fee will apply.
  • Snacks and a few surprises will be provided enroute.  Lunch options are available at the Stitches show; you may wish to bring a brown bag supper for the ride home, or purchase food in Hartford for the return trip.
  • See the Registration Page for more information about the trip.

    Questions? Email us or phone Kathleen at 508-760-8289

    Let’s enjoy a relaxing  autumn ride through the New England countryside, and indulge our fiber passions… 
    See you then!

    FiberCulture London Program

    We’re excited to share the news that Textile Travel will be introducing a new concept in group touring for fiber lovers.

    Beginning in September,  2010, we will host our inaugural FiberCulture program in London, England. Participants can sample from the broad palette of textile resources in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, while taking advantage of the many theatres, museums, exhibitions and shopping opportunities available in London.

    For a period of weeks, Textile Travel will host fiber lovers in a convenient hotel or a chic, centrally-located London apartment.  Come when you can, stay as long as you like (subject to availability).  High-quality, professional travel and concierge services are augmented by our deep knowledge of the London cultural landscape, and our love of all things fibrous.

    Each morning, our experienced staff will be on hand to brief you over continental breakfast, on the many options you can choose from that day:  These could be:
    • A fiber event at a large venue
    • Knitting circle in a local yarn shop or pub
    • Visit to an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum
    • Day trip to the greenhouses at Kew Gardens
    • Walk through Hyde Park with tea at Kensington Gardens
    • Visit to Portobello Road, Petticoat Lane or other London outdoor market
    Without adhering to a rigid itinerary, alone or with friends,  you can relax among a companionable group of fellow travelers with lots in common – notably an independent streak.  In the evenings,  we will offer options for dining out and theatre forays, or you can sit and knit in front of the telly with some take-out and a bottle of Beaujolais.
    Details are forthcoming – we are in the planning stage but will have some definite dates for September/October ready soon.

    Cape Codders! Spinners Guild heads to Stitches East October 24, 2009

    Cape Cod Spinners Guild will be traveling to Stitches East in Hartford, CT on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Textile Travel is coordinating registration for this fun trip.

    Non-members are welcome to join us!  Cost is $39.00 per person, tax included.

    Our coach will pick up passengers in Hyannis and Wareham in the early morning, returning about 7:00 PM.

    More information here.